Specializing in Indian Fashion

Whether you’re looking for a traditional Indian sari, salwar kameez, tunic, kurtas, and lehengha choli or planning a traditional Indian wedding, Shanties Plaza in Minneapolis is your direct source. All of the traditional Indian apparel and accessories are handmade with an attention to beauty, design, and detail.

What is a Sari?

The sari, sometimes spelled saree, is a draped dress, created from a single piece of fabric five to nine yards long, which is wrapped around a woman’s body in a variety of ways. The resulting garment can be practical working attire or an elegant ceremonial gown, depending on the type of fabric used and the style of draping. A daily garment worn by approximately 75 percent of the female population of India during the twenty-first century, the sari is one of the oldest known items of clothing that is still in use. Saris were mentioned in the Vedas, the ancient sacred literature of the Hindu religion, which has been dated back to 3000 B.C.E. , and many people believe that saris may have been worn even earlier.

What colors, fabrics and textures are available?

A sari is an outfit which evokes much awe and wonder .From Shimmering Silks and Elegant Chiffon to Flowing Crepes and Georgette, sarees are available in vivid colors and embellished with the most intricate embroidery work. Such wide-ranging variety makes it suitable for all occasions – from weddings to formal functions and official meetings to social get-togethers. Moreover, it looks gorgeous on women of all ages and builds.

Sari’s are worn on a daily basis in India. However, just like we have Sunday clothes, there are Sunday sarees, party sarees, wedding sarees, funeral sarees, etc. Girls typically start wearing a sari when they are at least 16 years old or older.

What is a kurta?

A kurta is a traditional item of clothing worn by men in India. It is a loose fitting shirt that falls just above or somewhere below the knees of the wearer.